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Wax Poetics Presents Its African Issue

February 27, 2010

Wax Poetics magazine published their 39th issue as a tribute to Africa’s musical influential pioneers. African superstars and co-founders of the legendary Afrobeat music Tony Allen and Fela Kuti are on the January 2010 dual special edition covers. (photo credits: WAX POETICS MAG)


The accompanying  online playlist featuring Fela (of course) and many notable African musicans is something you have to take a moment to listen to right here. Excerpt from the interview…

Fela Kuti
“When did I start calling my music Afro-beat? Let me tell you. I was playing highlife jazz when Geraldo Pino came to town in ’66 or a bit earlier with soul. That’s what upset everything, man. He came to town with James Brown’s music…”

Tony Allen
“I think of all Fela’s talents, he was the best arranger of the horns that I have ever run across. I would tell him, without his formal education, he would not have been what he was! This is what is missing when you hear people try to do Afrobeat today. All the focus nowadays is attitude, attitude. Not on the composition!”

Quick Facts on Fela Kuti and Tony Allen…
Fela was a iconic Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician/composer and poineer of Afrobeat Music. Fela was born on October 13, 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Fela’s birth name was Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. His influence on music and popular culture has lead to a successful Broadway production of his lifestory called Fela! (FELA KUTI WIKIPEDIA)

Tony Allen is a Nigerian drummer/composer/songwriter who was Fela’s musical director from 1968 to 1979. He was co-founder of the Afrobeat music.
Tony just like Fela is fluent in Yoruba. He was born Tony Oladipo Allen on August 12, 1940 in Lagos, Nigeria. His musical break came when Fela approached him to join his jazz highlife band in 1964. The rest is Afrobeat music history as the two used their influence from Nigeria’s traditonal Yoruba ceremonial music – JuJu, American Jazz and highlife to make it their own way. (TONY ALLEN WIKIPEDIA)

The Very Best of Fela

The Very Best of Tony

Props to FG2BH reader Ozioma for the tip!

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